U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”

posted at 5:58 pm on February 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

My mistake. I thought the White House might try to make all of this go away by accepting Putin’s phony pretense that it’s a domestic uprising among ethnic Russians in Crimea, not an invasion by Russia. In fact, says the White House, there is a foreign element to the new troop presence — but it’s all good so far because Crimea isn’t resisting.

In other words, to save face over the fact that there’s nothing much we can do to stop this, the official U.S. line is that this can’t be an invasion if the Russians are being … greeted as liberators.

Popehat’s right: “Uncontested arrival” is the best Orwellian euphemism for war since “kinetic military action.” Laying aside the fact that we’re now lending rhetorical support to aggressive irredentism (the Tatars in Crimea are going to “contest” this “arrival,” I’m pretty sure), explain to me why he went out there an hour ago and blathered about his “deep concern” for violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty if we’re adopting the position that maybe Ukraine’s not the rightful sovereign in Crimea after all. I took his statement to be a condemnation of Russian action today, but maybe I have it wrong. Maybe all he meant was that a broader invasion of Ukraine would threaten the country’s sovereignty — although your guess is as good as mine as to how broad it’d have to be to trigger U.S. disapproval. A Russian incursion into the rest of eastern Ukraine might also go uncontested. At this point, if you’re Putin, hearing this reaction from the White House (and crickets from the EU, do note), why not give it a go?

By the way, while Moscow’s digesting the green light it just got from the U.S. to consolidate its gains, Obama’s at DNC headquarters kicking off happy hour for Democrats. I’m not kidding.


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Obama knows this isn’t worth risking America’s blood and treasure and therefore he is setting up the chess board so that America has multiple options when and if it needs to take stronger action

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Fool, you should never associate chess with your chickenbrain. You insult the Russians.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:18 PM

nonpartisan just has to be an Allah or Ace sock.

butch on February 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Yeah, I’m starting to finally buy into it because no one is this masochistic or stupid. Even a liberal.

kim roy on February 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

CBS

JUST IN: David Martin reports Russia flying “hundreds” of troops into Crimea

Zeke miller

Obama: This is now officially happy hour with the Democratic Party

F. Chuck

POTUS is resuming his sked now. Headed to DNC to give his 2014 debut stump speech.

via Ace

and no doubt, the chicoms are jotting down notes, between their howls of laughter

r keller on February 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

At the D meeting “It’s officially happy hour, it’s my executive privilege and order to decree it so; however, I want to be very clear – we will wage full war on the Republicans”.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM

What’s the correct response Allah?

lexhamfox on February 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I’m curious what color line the Wet Noodle in Chief will lay down this time. The Russians need to know what color it is so they’ll know when they roll over it.

Which, ahem… they did already, today. Is anybody in the White House awake or is Beyonce visiting?

IndieDogg on February 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

kim roy on February 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Or a paid operative.

CoffeeLover on February 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

What’s the correct response Allah?

lexhamfox on February 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Not being Putin’s diaper.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out soon.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM

What an oaf is chief!

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

I started laughing when Obama said Biden had just called the PM of Ukraine to assure him of our support.

“Yeah, buddy, we’re behind you 100%. You just call ol’ Joe for anything you need.”

If Obama doesn’t call the new PM and just delegates it to Biden like some funeral errand, that says a lot in itself about how Obama sees Ukraine.

Toocon on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

This is the way it starts, or at least it was in WWI. It’s a brave new world kiddies. I now return Hot Gay to it’s 24/7/365 coverage of all that is gay.

DFCtomm on February 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

15 threads under Top Picks; 6 on Ukraine; 2 on Arizona’s Religious Freedom bill (gay threads?); 1 on Texas gay marriage.

None of twenty threads under The blog are about gays.

You got some issues?

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

William Eaton on February 28, 2014 at 7:07 PM

My criticism of our Afpak strategy is that it relies too much on Pakistan and that we have no, as in zero, overland supply routes.

My suggestion, way back in 2007, was that we needed to secure an overland system going through the lower ‘stans, crossing the Caspian and through Azeri territory ending in the Black Sea. It would have required working with Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to get a rail/ferry/rail route through them so that there would be a secondary supply system for our troops.

As it is we depend far too much on Pakistan and can only get a trickle in by air.

I suggested that via diplomacy and opening up a trade system to secure our troops and get a supply line in that Russia would have been undercut in the region. That was before Putin put his troops into Georgia and after China had nixed a supply route through China.

We put far too many troops in without a secondary supply route which is necessary for any land-locked Nation that you operate in with which you have zero direct contact. One means in is not enough unless you are talking a WWII bridgehead, and even that you want multiple crossing areas to open up supply lines.

All Putin has to do is flip Pakistan.

We did not follow the one and only successful example of how to operate and win in Afghanistan. That is because we no longer teach it, obviously. No one looks at Alexander the Great for lessons in operations, and yet he was the one who showed how to do it with light forces, long supply line and operating in a way the locals understood and respected as you beat them at their own way of fighting. We are too smart to open up a second supply system as Alexander did multiple times as he went through from victory to victory, gaining loyalty and supplies as he went. We can’t do that but we could have worked diplomatically to achieve that.

Now our troops are in deadly peril.

And so are we.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

obama said “it is not in the interest of Ukraine, the EU or Russia”.

He NEVER mentioned the US.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I’m curious what color line the Wet Noodle in Chief will lay down this time. The Russians need to know what color it is so they’ll know when they roll over it.

Which, ahem… they did already, today. Is anybody in the White House awake or is Beyonce visiting?

IndieDogg on February 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

I was wondering about that too. I was also wondering what Hillary thinks of Beyonce’s new Monica Lewinsky ditty. I wonder if Barry put her up to it.

slickwillie2001 on February 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

U.S. assessment of Crimea: This isn’t an invasion, it’s an … “uncontested arrival”

And Obamacare (sorry, where are my manners, the
Affordable Care Act) was a small, inconsequential Bill

ToddPA on February 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Biden’s gonna send over a few Shotguns.

ToddPA on February 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/28/did-sarah-palin-predict-russia-invading-ukraine-if-obama-got-elected/

This one has her own words from today.

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM

“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska. I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine,” she wrote. “Here’s what this ‘stupid’ ‘insipid woman’ predicted back in 2008.”

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

What’s the correct response Allah?

lexhamfox on February 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Not drawing ‘lines’ which have dire consequences if crossed.

Not making announcements and waffling when the line is over-run by tanks, aircraft and troops.

Not speaking up when you have nothing to say.

Not making threats when you have nothing to back them with.

Not opening one’s mouth to insert one’s foot and look like a fool as you try to lie your way out of the direct demonstration of how weak and ineffectual you are.

None of this makes the world a safer place… in fact it makes one look weak and invites further attacks and destabilization. That has been the path of the Obama Administration since the day it took office and this is where we are at. Shutting up and working diplomatically USED TO BE THE SMART WAY TO DO THINGS.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

When will we in the United States have our very own uncontested arrival?

Peace in our time!

Baggi on February 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

This just in. Obama just turned the Ukraine situation over to the State Department and the EPA. Once their environmental study is complete, he will make his decision.

iamsaved on February 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

This guy is such a disaster, at all levels, and an international disgrace.

TarheelBen on February 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

(CNSNews.com) – At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

This s/b in quotes

(CNSNews.com) – At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The Budapest Memorandum was signed in 1991 by Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma – the then-rulers of the USA, UK, Russia and Ukraine. It promises to protect Ukraine’s borders, in return for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons.

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

LOL. Too bad for the Ukrainians. Never trust a Dim president.

Barry won’t keep his own promises (see, e.g., Syria). He’s certainly not about to keep Bill Clinton’s promises.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Whoopi wants to state that it is not really ” uncontested arrival – uncontested arrival” so. . . shut-up.

builderD on February 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Putin just sent obama a “thank you” note for the green light.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Now where is Sleazy Eric Holder gonna get his death cult AK-47s with Putin playing Barky for the fool he is?

viking01 on February 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM

None of twenty threads under The blog are about gays.

You got some issues?

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

If you were going to cherry pick why didn’t you just wait a few hours and some of those would have dropped off too.

DFCtomm on February 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Biden’s gonna send over a few Shotguns.

ToddPA on February 28, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Maybe he can get some of those Mexican drug lords to loan back some of the guns the Obama administration bought for them.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I was just about to post that – great news huh?

BTW, something to lighten the mode:

Democrats: We Noes History!
This is the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party:

The Democrats @TheDemocrats
“It’s time to raise a minimum wage that’s worth less than it was when Ronald Reagan was in Congress”

Um, Democrats? Ronald Wilson Reagan was NEVER in Congress.
http://weaselzippers.us/177570-democrats-we-noes-history/

DinaRehn on February 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I didn’t murder him. It was an uncontested death.

Annie21LA on February 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Whoopi wants to state that it is not really ” uncontested arrival – uncontested arrival” so. . . shut-up.

builderD on February 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

That is now going to be: Uncontested intimacy, Uncontested intimacy

DinaRehn on February 28, 2014 at 7:42 PM

None of twenty threads under The blog are about gays.

You got some issues?

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Putin’s asking the world to take it and squeal like a pig.

Isn’t that good enough for ya?

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:43 PM

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

As it turns out, this is exactly why it was fortuitous for us to have troops in Iraq: it pulled jihadi resources away from Afghanistan and let our troops fight them in a location in which we had greater logistical superiority.

Count to 10 on February 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Is this leading from behind..?

d1carter on February 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Thanks for the response. I knew we had tried to reach out to the Russians after the Pakistanis (another useless so called “ally”) cut off the supply routes after whacked some of them, I think it was a done attack, but it got restored after we publically grovelled to them.

This is why I want out Afghanistan. It is just cost us too much to and forces us to have to play nice with Pakistan and Russia in the region.

Honestly if we left the Russians, Chinese, Iranians and Pakistanis would all get involved, add to that all the Jihadist, it should be regular thunderdome of fun for all. That should keep them all busy for some time.

William Eaton on February 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

John Kerry is so angry he has pulled the hat from his briefcase and put it on…

d1carter on February 28, 2014 at 7:48 PM

If the majority in the Crimea want to be part of Russia, I don’t see why this should be a big issue to us. I’m not saying it’s not wrong, but I would hope a tough Republican president’s response to this wouldn’t be that different from the soft, ineffectual Democrat in the Whitehouse’s response.

thuja on February 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM

As it turns out, this is exactly why it was fortuitous for us to have troops in Iraq: it pulled jihadi resources away from Afghanistan and let our troops fight them in a location in which we had greater logistical superiority.

Count to 10 on February 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

The big footprint doesn’t work in Afghanistan because of the logistical problems it presents due to the terrain. It is also highland operations, so the use of specialized mountain forces is a prerequisite for effective operations.

As mountain warfare trained forces are specialized and few in number, operations utilizing them as a main force component need to be lean, not overburdened by flatland troops. That means a light supply train where even a tenuous supply line can keep troops supported.

We made the mistake of Persia, Britain, and the USSR by thinking that more technological superiority means victory in Afghanistan where there are tribes willing to wait decades to wear down larger forces via continuous low to mid level operations. These are the forces that need to be defeated in detail and that is not done by large forces and perimeters, along with lots of foreign infrastructure. We did not understand what it takes to win, not just drive out some jihadis, but to work with the culture and help it adjust its course so that jihadis would be seen as enemies. To do that you must fight in the ways the locals respect and understand, just do it better than they can. We could have done that, but it required a long-term set of low level and high proficiency troops working with a light supply footprint.

We forgot how to operate like that.

The lessons of the past were ignored.

Mountains trump technology.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

And here I thought all of this idiocy was only through the eyes of my high-powered meds !!

Good God Almighty, help us all.

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

None of twenty threads under The blog are about gays.

You got some issues?

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Putin’s asking the world to take it and squeal like a pig.

Isn’t that good enough for ya?

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Heh.

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Obama’s at DNC headquarters kicking off happy hour for Democrats

C ya…

d1carter on February 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM

None of twenty threads under The blog are about gays.

You got some issues?

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

If you were going to cherry pick why didn’t you just wait a few hours and some of those would have dropped off too.

DFCtomm on February 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I picked what cherries were there.

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Pssst .. some commanders utilized the ancient scriptures to utilize otherwise unknown passages, etc.
Can’t recall which war/let alone links .. but true.

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Yeah, I’m starting to finally buy into it because no one is this masochistic or stupid. Even a liberal.

kim roy on February 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM

May well be a sock puppet but I can tell you definitively that there are people out there who are this stupid. Facts mean nothing to them, logic is beyond their grasp. Only feelings and what their gods tell them to believe matter, nothing else.

Oldnuke on February 28, 2014 at 7:56 PM

“This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

diogenes on February 28, 2014 at 7:58 PM

William Eaton on February 28, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Spot on.

VorDaj on February 28, 2014 at 7:59 PM

for some reason I just can’t get this scene from Seinfeld out of my head recently

“Ukraine is game to you!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzLtF_PxbYw

ht355 on February 28, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Christopher Miller ✔ @ChristopherJM
Follow

Russian vice-admiral declares war with Ukraine in Crimea, reports @censor_net. For real? Can he do that?http://censor.net.ua/news/273368/rossiyiskiyi_vitseadmiral_obyavil_o_nachale_voyiny_s_ukrainoyi_djemilev

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM

William Eaton on February 28, 2014 at 7:47 PM

My pleasure!

Russia was never going to give us a supply line… it would have to go through a friendly ‘Stan first and that was not the easiest of all propositions. China there was at least a bit of geography that could be employed, but it was going to be difficult if they agreed.

That left the final route: Turkmenistan, Caspian ferry, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It would have been one of the hardest pieces of diplomacy ever attempted, but there were massive sweetners in opening up a new supply and logistics systems if an agreement could be worked out. Suddenly there would be a new ‘Silk Road’ for the inner part of Asia to get goods out to Europe and the West without having to worry about Russia.

Putin would not interfere with an active supply system for a military power engaged in direct hostilities. US technology and logistics would make trying to do that an instant start of a global conflict.

That leaves the Pakistani ports that have to go through areas held or at least occupied by hostile native tribes for 90% of our supplies. The other 10% is by air. At various times we lost one and once both of the supply lines through Pakistan due to hostile activity in Pakistan that the government there would do nothing about.

We really should have done something to yank their chains… like start talking about how the Baluchs really deserve an autonomous region… that would have gotten the attention of Pakistan. And Iran which has gotten hit by Baluch terrorists who are very effective if limited in scope of operations. Yes it would have antagonized Pakistan, but they were no longer exactly helping us, just letting us have the pleasure of being shot at in territory they don’t properly police.

That is not a safe set of supply lines in anybody’s book.

We should have known better. If we had delayed to get our heads screwed on straight and ask ‘is fighting in the 21st century way in Afghanistan actually feasible’? Heck fighting in the 17th century way there isn’t feasibly if you aren’t a direct neighbor… and even the Persians figured that one out and they WERE a direct neighbor and still lost more troops than they could afford in a single night due to a sudden cold snap.

One of the worst places to fight a war ever found on planet Earth.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 8:02 PM

They’re just undocumented vacationers.

With guns. And tanks.

Socratease on February 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Pssst .. some commanders utilized the ancient scriptures to utilize otherwise unknown passages, etc.
Can’t recall which war/let alone links .. but true.

pambi on February 28, 2014 at 7:55 PM

That is the purpose of the War Colleges: teaching the lessons of Moses, David, Alexander, Caesar… at least they used to. They really need to concentrate on Belisarius, but that is only a personal opinion but one suited to a large power on the wane about how to fight effectively with limited forces.

The problem is that once you punch your ticket enough to get to the JCS you have been conditioned to think like a modern soldier and that everything is done in modern terms, even when you are going to a place where bolt action rifles are still copied and cartridges cost a fortune so they are used by elders who are marksmen. We just do not think like this any more. And because we have the latest, greatest and most whiz-bangy of all stuff we think that ‘this time it will be different’.

Yet we cannot copy the one success story.

We are too intelligent to actually be smart.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Translation of part of http://censor.net.ua/news/273368/rossiyiskiyi_vitseadmiral_obyavil_o_nachale_voyiny_s_ukrainoyi_djemilev

Russian Vice Admiral, announced the beginning of the war with Ukraine, “Dzhemilev
Dzhemilev asked Ukraine to impose a State of emergency in Crimea.

In Crimea, the Commander of the Black Sea fleet of the Russian Federation Alexander Vitko announced the beginning of the war with Ukraine. Such information, TSN confirmed the MP from the euro, former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, passes the Censor No.

According to him, on Thursday, 27 February, in Sevastopol, Vice Admiral Vitko gathered all the generals and said: “we are beginning a war with Ukraine”.

Meeting Džemilevu became aware only today, 28 February.

See also the “Censor.”: a convoy of 10 Russian personnel carriers were sent to Simferopol: of weapons from the military spotted an AK-47 and SVD. Photos + VIDEO

In addition, according to the Deputy, the morning without resolving the border of Ukraine, trying to circumvent the direction finders crossed four helicopters from Anapa.

He noted that Ukraine is now Russia is resisting, and Ukrainians are on the cusp of a very dramatic events.

“The only way out here, I think, that we have power to impose a State of emergency, enter our forces and take control of all State institutions,” Dzhemilev said.

He asked about the Acting President with the power to command of the armed forces, Alexander Turchinov.

“I am now with Turchynov said that what we have military units, forces, all one has to throw in the Crimea. In other parts of the us no threat yet, enter the CHP and throw under control. But then again there is a concern that we will be inviting, what can we do not have enough forces, “said the speaker.

Also read the “Censor.”: Yanukovich: Russia must prevent chaos and terror, which are taking place in Ukraine

In his opinion, Russia will not go to full-scale war, but “the nation needs to defend their dignity and fundamental rights of its citizens”.

davidk on February 28, 2014 at 8:09 PM

John Kerry is so angry he has pulled the hat from his briefcase and put it on…

d1carter on February 28, 2014 at 7:48 PM

LMAO!

and, the obligatory:

“Why the long face, John?”

ToddPA on February 28, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I haven’t heard such a ridiculous use of a bull-sh*t term by a supposedly important person like ” Uncontested arrival” since Al Gore used ” No controlling legal authority”.
My God , if we had a real press, and real late night comedians, and real television news networks, . . . they could have a field day with jargon as completely insane as this.

builderD on February 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Can we at least get a strongly worded demarche out of this?

Even make a hand-waving gesture of doing something?

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Isn’t it interesting that Organizing For AmericaGoons were sh*t-distrubing in Libya, Egypt, Venezula,

but for the Ukraine,…they don’t give a rats *ss!!!

canopfor on February 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Shows you what side they’re on. And what side their messiah is on

kcewa on February 28, 2014 at 8:16 PM

“Uncontested arrival” is the best Orwellian euphemism for war since “kinetic military action.”

Better even than “overseas contingency operation”?

Even Orwell wouldn’t have believed the bullshit this administration comes up with to try and disguise its persistent fecklessness.

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 8:22 PM

If Klitschko comes out as a gay athlete Obama will have drones raining missiles on Russia and the special forces landing in Ukraine in a heartbeat.

kcewa on February 28, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Only Obama could come up with the phrase “Uncontested Arrival”.
SC.Charlie on February 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM
* Man-caused disaster
* Affordable care act
* Kinetic military action
* War on women
* Shared responsibility payment
* “Most transparent administration in history”
Reminds me of “that depends on what the meaning of is is.”
:double facepalm:
xNavigator on February 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Don’t forget “cycle of violence” and “enemy combatants.” Oh, and “workplace violence” too!

ImmigrantsWife on February 28, 2014 at 8:24 PM

President Pajama Boy just promised the Ukrainian people – - ” Don’t worry about that uncontested arrival – because you will save $2,500 per family on your health care.

builderD on February 28, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Don’t forget “cycle of violence” and “enemy combatants.” Oh, and “workplace violence” too!

ImmigrantsWife on February 28, 2014 at 8:24 PM

And “undocumented immigrants.”

Those poor illegal aliens swarming across our border. Their backpacks are so full of phony Social Security cards, phony birth certificates, phony voter ID cards, multiple food stamp cards, EBT cards, Section 8 housing vouchers, etc., that there’s just no darn space for those visas that they never applied for!

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

President Sissyboy McStompypants doesn’t scare anybody, much less a former KGB senior officer.

1057 days and counting . . . the world has a long wait to replace our weak and feckless “leader.”

Adjoran on February 28, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Obama doesn’t care about Crimean gays.

faraway on February 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Obama knows this isn’t worth risking America’s blood and treasure and therefore he is setting up the chess board so that America has multiple options when and if it needs to take stronger action

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Translation…”PUNT!”

Ricard on February 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

So, how long before Odumbo starts demanding the Ukraine grant amnesty to the Russian troops and start providing them Universal Health Care?

arik1969 on February 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

* Kinetic military action time-limited, scope-limited military action

xNavigator on February 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

FIFY

blammm on February 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Double-speak, lying-bitch-speak, two-faced-speak. It’s all the same to me.

HiJack on February 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

“I’m sure Bush would’ve said something Macho and done something rash/stupid like getting us into a WWIII with russia

Obama knows this isn’t worth risking America’s blood and treasure and therefore he is setting up the chess board so that America has multiple options when and if it needs to take stronger action”

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

I don’t think President Obama’s usual tactics of sicking the IRS on American citizens who disagree with him . . . will work on Russia.
But if you hate a President saying something macho, and instead prefer him to say a complete bull-shit and weasly lie like — ” it is not an invasion, it is an uncontested arrival” Then you are living in a great dreamland, and I am sure you are so happy, and best of luck to you spending that $2,500 in savings you probably think you are also going to get from your healthcare.

builderD on February 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Okay, let me try this again. Double-speak, lying-biatch-speak, two-faced-speak. It’s all the same to me.

HiJack on February 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Obama: Putin to penalized 15 yards.

faraway on February 28, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Foreign Policy Editor Blake Hounshell: October 22, 2008:

As we’ve said before, this is an extremely far-fetched scenario.

Politburo Deputy Editor Blake Hounshell: February 28, 2014:

@blakehounshell

Yes, Twitter, Sarah Palin totally called this exact Ukraine scenario 6 years ago….

blammm on February 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

AZCoyote on February 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Yes, thank you-forgot that one! (And just for the record, my immigrant is documented). :o)

ImmigrantsWife on February 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I’m sure Bush would’ve said something Macho and done something rash/stupid like getting us into a WWIII with russia

This would NOT have happened while Bush was in office. Putin is not stupid after all.

jazzuscounty on February 28, 2014 at 9:06 PM

The conservative Pavlovian reflex is to suddenly go chickenhawk. If only we’d jump right in and threaten solo military action like Chimpy or The Gipper! That’d show ‘em!

Constantine on February 28, 2014 at 6:29 PM

You ain’t wrapped too tight, are you boy.

Solaratov on February 28, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Obama knows this isn’t worth risking America’s blood and treasure and therefore he is setting up the chess board so that America has multiple options when and if it needs to take stronger action

nonpartisan on February 28, 2014 at 6:23 PM

BWAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Humor is good.

It’s nice that you can laugh at your master…and joke about his “ability”.

Solaratov on February 28, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Obama really is showing his flexibility by labeling the action an “uncontested arrival”, instead of what it really is.

blammm on February 28, 2014 at 9:34 PM

How bout them apples?

blammm on February 28, 2014 at 9:39 PM

That is the purpose of the War Colleges: teaching the lessons of Moses, David, Alexander, Caesar… at least they used to. They really need to concentrate on Belisarius, but that is only a personal opinion but one suited to a large power on the wane about how to fight effectively with limited forces.

ajacksonian on February 28, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I hope our War Colleges are noting how the Russians just took over the Crimea. We might need it for future reference.

Kaffa on February 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

The nazis were greeted as liberators too.

Warren G. Harding on February 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

1.) Every American alive since about 1960 or so…could have called the Russian move on this one.

2.) The Boy King is sooooo in over his head right now…even liberals will realize, finally at long last, ‘The Emperor has no clothes’.

3.) I’m not entirely sure this isn’t barry’s wet dream come true. Think about it; Russians are already America’s “Bad Guy” since about the time Uncle Joe stopped asking the Allies permission to kill stuff at the end of WWII…They do what Russians do in a crisis…move in, kill a bunch of people, call the place part of ‘Russia’ now…America, helmed by the most incompetent f-tard since Carter, blunders it’s way into a lose-lose situation, and the world realizes, ‘The Emperor had no clothes’.

…Now America, much to the completely idiotic euphoria of every liberal alive, slouches down into some “About as important as Iceland in the UN” status, and we don’t have to “be the world’s policeman” anymore.

Then the Yuan becomes the new world standard currency, and a loaf of bread in Cleveland becomes $75. But no worry, because everyone in America now makes $110K a year, slinging drinks at TGIFriday’s; Or $90K a year on ‘social assistance’.

…kind of a leftist wet-dream when you think about it.

a5minmajor on February 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Huh. Kind of like on our southern border?

cptacek on February 28, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Does anyone know about the international treatment of these masked invaders that don’t identify their affiliation? I presume that they’re not protected by Geneva Conventions, right?

blammm on February 28, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I hope our War Colleges are noting how the Russians just took over the Crimea. We might need it for future reference.

Kaffa on February 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

…I wish our war colleges would teach how weasel politicians make war college graduates necessary.

a5minmajor on February 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

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